27 Nov 2014

Shocking' increase in tooth decay in children in West Midlands

300 per cent rise in youngsters in the region admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions

Tooth decay in children is rising rapidly in the West Midlands

There has been a 300 per cent rise in children in the West Midlands being admitted to hospital for multiple teeth extractions in what a senior dentist described as a “massive parenting failure”.
Some youngsters are undergoing hospital operations to remove all 20 baby teeth, according to Dr Nigel Carter, the chief executive of the Rugby-based British Dental 
Tooth decay in children is rising rapidly in the West Midlands
Heath Foundation, who practises in the region.
Dr Carter said it “beggared belief” that a parent would not notice their child had a “mouthful of teeth rotten down to the gums”.
Figures revealed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed that in the West Midlands in 2010-11 there were 456 children under the age of 10 admitted to hospital with tooth decay.
In 2013-14 a “shocking” 1,444 were admitted.
Experts blame the trend on a culture of parents rewarding children with sweets while failing to clean their teeth properly as infants. Dr Carter said: “The rise is absolutely incredible and is indicative of a massive failure in parenting.
“Partly it’s down to background and people from lower socio-economic groups have higher levels of tooth decay. “It has to be about parenting and looking after children. “ In many cases the first time the child has ever seen a dentist is when they’re taken there in great pain.
“Basically if it gets as far as needing to go to hospital for general anaesthetic then you’re talking about multiple extractions. “It’s not unusual for a child to have 12 to 14 teeth taken out and in some cases we’ve heard of all 20 baby teeth being removed.”
In 2010-11 120 under-fours were admitted to hospital for surgery in the West Midlands. This had rocketed 353 last year.
One theory for the rise in childhood tooth decay in the last three years is rising immigration of people from Eastern Europe, who are moving over with their families and receiving treatment on the NHS. Three years ago the total number of people under the age of 19 needing to go to hospital for surgery was 996. Last year it was 2,074.
In 2010-11 there were 6,000 hospital admissions for tooth decay in the West Midlands of all ages. In 2013-14 that had risen to 7,883.
The move away three square meals a day can also be blamed for the growing problem, said Dr Carter. Dr Carter said: “Children are now having seven to 10 ‘grazing’ meals, many of which are full of sugar.
“Studies have shown that if you put a spread of food in front of children they would chose to eat a balanced diets. “But we have the problem where sweets are given as a reward and so they are identified as such by the children.”

Surely not in fluoridated West Midlands?

The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain

The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain
Green Med Info
Fluoride is found everywhere today, from antibiotics to drinking water, no stick pans to toothpaste, making exposure inevitable. All the more reason why new research proving this common spice can prevent fluoride damage is so promising!
Fluoride’s neurotoxicity has been the subject of academic debate for decades, and now a matter of increasingly impassioned controversy among the general public, as well. From ‘conspiracy theories’ about it being first used in drinking water in Russian and Nazi concentration camps to chemically lobotomize captives, to its now well-known IQ lowering properties, to its ability to enhance the calcification of the pineal gland – the traditional ‘seat of the soul’ – many around the world, and increasingly in the heavily fluoridated regions of the United States, are starting to organize at the local and statewide level to oust this ubiquitous toxicant from municipal drinking water.
Now, a new study published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine titled, “Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence,” adds experimental support to the suspicion that fluoride is indeed a brain-damaging substance, also revealing that a natural spice-derived protective agent against the various health effects associated with this compound is available.
The study was authored by researchers from the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India, who have spent the past decade investigating the mechanisms through which fluoride induces severe neurodegenerative changes in the mammalian brain, particularly in cells of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex.

26 Nov 2014

Australia - Council votes to remove fluoride from water

Fluoride survey has residents frowning
BREAKING NEWS: Despite not receiving at least 50% of its fluoride surveys back the Southern Downs Regional Council has today voted to remove fluoride from town water supplies.
A report to today's council meeting in Stanthorpe shows only 25% of Warwick water ratepayers and 31% of those in Stanthorpe returned a recent survey asking if fluoride should be removed from urban water supplies.
The original council resolution was to rule the survey invalid if less than half were returned.
Some water ratepayers have claimed to have not received the controversial survey, which cost council $10,000. Others have said it should have been sent to all residents of the region.
Today's decision means fluoride will be removed from urban water supplies in Warwick, Stanthorpe, Allora and Yangan. Read more in tomorrow's print editions of the Warwick Daily News and the Stanthorpe Border Post.

25 Nov 2014

The threat to fluoridate the unwilling public is still there.

Dental organisations say access to water fluoridation is a postcode lottery

Too many communities with high levels of dental disease are being deprived of fluoridation benefits 
The British Dental Association echoes concerns expressed by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) today (24 November) that limited access to water fluoridation – only 10 per cent of the UK's population – means we are failing children who live in communities with high levels of tooth decay.
The BSPD highlights in its latest report on fluoridation that 60,683 children and adolescents in England were admitted to hospital in 2012/13 to have multiple decayed teeth removed under general anaesthetic, costing the NHS at least £27.6 million.
By contrast, evidence suggests that children living in fluoridated areas, such as the West Midlands, have around half the rate of tooth decay of those living in non-fluoridated areas, and thousands have been spared from traumatic and distressing operations. Research indicates that adults also benefit.
But despite the dramatic improvements in the oral health of children in areas where water is fluoridated, the BDA questions why a fluoridation scheme was recently abandoned in Southampton after being endorsed by Public Health England and a High Court ruling that the process in recommending water fluoridation had been lawful. Similar to the BSPD, the BDA is also concerned that water fluoridation was excluded from the NICE recommendations (published last month) for local authorities to consider when tackling high levels dental disease in their population.
The BDA believes that political and clinical leaders should ensure that dental health policies are driven by the available evidence, rather than pandering to misinformation and fear.
The BDA's scientific adviser, Professor Damien Walmsley, said:
"Water fluoridation is safe and is one of the cheapest and most effective measures to reduce unacceptable inequalities of tooth decay, yet public debate on this is often reduced to misinformation and scaremongering with little or no regard to the communities affected most by this largely preventable disease."
The Chair of the BDA's General Dental Practice Committee, John Milne, said:
"My practice is based in one of the most deprived areas in Yorkshire, and it's frankly heart breaking to have to refer young children to hospital to have several decayed teeth removed under a general anaesthetic when I see the dramatic improvements in dental health in areas that are fluoridated.
"Local authorities with a high prevalence of tooth decay in their communities should be able to consider water fluoridation if advised to do so by their experts in dental public health, but as the BSPD has noted, NICE wasn't bold enough to include this in its recent guide on measures to reduce tooth decay.  What kind of message does that signal to politicians and experts in dental health?
"Critics of fluoridation often say that tooth brushing schemes in nurseries and schools are the answer. Whilst these may be part of the solution, they are resource-intensive, require parental consent and don't always reach those communities with highest need, as we know from the fact that one in eight of our three-year olds have tooth decay."

About the BDA

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the UK. It represents dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students. The BDA promotes members’ interests, advances the science, arts and ethics of dentistry, and contributes towards improving the nation's oral health.

For further information, please contact the BDA's media team on 0207 563 4145/46 or visit the BDA's BDA news centre. You can also follow news from the BDA on TwitterMembership packages reflect the varied needs of dentists.

24 Nov 2014

Dental Fluorosis in the United States Fluoride Linked to Coronary Heart Disease

23 Nov 2014

Fluoride Health Risks in Water - End the Water Fluoridation

22 Nov 2014

Manufacturers love sugar

Lady stacking bread
Brown and wholemeal loaves of bread can contain as much sugar as their white equivalents.
Extra sugar is added to some products because it makes them taste better. When fat is removed from a processed meal, for example, sugar is often added to help disguise the blander taste.
Because of this, many foods we think of as wholesome – like yoghurt, granola bars, low-fat snacks and fruit-flavoured water – may actually contain much more sugar than we think
Like salt, these so called 'added sugars' help extend the shelf life of foods like bread, breakfast cereals and tinned fruit and vegetables.
This can result in us eating more sugar than our bodies can handle – because we don't always know when we're eating it.

Working out how much sugar is in your food or drink can be confusing, as it appears in many different guises, such as sucrose, glucose, fructose and honey.
Food manufacturers are not required by law to separate added sugars from naturally occurring sugars on a nutrition label, but you can find out how much total sugar is in a product by looking for the 'carbohydrates (of which sugars)' figure.
More than 15g of total sugars per 100g means it has a high sugar content, 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means it has a low sugar content...

21 Nov 2014

Lymington Times

The exchange of views  continues.

20 Nov 2014

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19 Nov 2014


Welcome and thank you for visiting the Fluoride Free Towns project website

Bantry Group StatusThis project has been set up to serve as a platform to encourage citizens in all communities across the country to positively and proactively engage with each other at a local level on the fluoride issue and take collective concrete action to have Ireland’s mandatory water fluoridation policy reversed.
If we’re to continue to see movement and a fluoride free Ireland realised, we need to have fluoride free projects set up all over the country that will serve to encourage communities to engage with each other on the fluoride issue at a local level in time effecting local politics that will bring about a long needed change to Ireland’s outdated and dangerous public health policy.
If you or your community would like to get involved with the national effort, now is a good time.  There is an impending general election on the horizon and a template you can use to help your Town achieve fluoride free status as part of the growing Fluoride Free Towns Project.  Please see the link or feel free to contact us for more details…http://fluoridefreetowns.com/how-to-acquire-fluoride-free-status/

18 Nov 2014

Published on 17 Nov 2014
Along with electing a new Mayor and Council, residents of Prince George cast another ballot on the issue of fluoridated water. Just over 10,000 votes came back in favour of removing fluoride, while only 8000 voted to keep it. Those organizing the campaign to have it removed say people were upset over having "medication" forced upon them without their permission. Other arguments were made around the cost of the program, but there was one main case made.

17 Nov 2014

16 Nov 2014

Dr. David Kennedy Speaks to City Council about Fluoridation (With Subtitles)

Society forces both parents to work while the State takes over the nurturing of children.
It's not doing a good job.
Fluoridation on the Ballot in Canada
A number of communities in Canada are voting on fluoridation today!  If you live in one of these communities, please vote and urge your friends and neighbors to vote. 
We will have a full breakdown of the Canadian and U.S. fluoridation voting results in the next bulletin.  Please stay tuned.
Another Domino Falls in Ireland
Ireland is the last remaining country in the world with a nationwide fluoridation mandate, but likely not for long. On Monday, November 10, the Kerry County Council unanimously passed a motion opposing public water fluoridation. The motion states: “that Kerry County Council will write to the Government calling for the cessation of public water fluoridation.” The unanimously vote received cross party support and was passed without any disagreement amongst the councilors.
This is the fifth major Council to adopt a similar resolution this year and comes just weeks after Cork and Dublin, the two largest cities in the country passed motions along with Cork County Council and Laois County Council doing so earlier in 2014. These councils represent approximately 1.5 million residents.
According to local campaigners, “One Fine Gael Councillor who wished to remain anonymous said the job of Irish Water was not to medicate the Irish populace but to deliver clean and safe water.”   We couldn’t agree more!
For more information on the victory in Kerry, please visit the Fluoride Free Towns campaign (Like their Facebook page).
Also in Ireland, a great article was published in the October edition of Ireland's Dental Magazine written by documentary producer Marcus Stewart. It’s a great introduction to the fluoridation issue and a strong science-based rebuttal to the typical pro-fluoridation attacks. The article starts on page 20.
Ireland Teleconference Audio
November’s International Fluoride Free Teleconference explored the amazing fluoride-free momentum building up in Ireland. This call was a great opportunity to hear how campaigners were able to successfully get the two largest city councils in the country, as well as the largest county council, to pass resolutions calling for an end to fluoridation in Ireland. The call was a wonderful learning opportunity for campaigners around the world, and featured activists Mary Hilary and Ciarnan Mallory (www.fluoridefreewater.ie), Owen Boyden of Fluoride Free Towns (http://fluoridefreetowns.com), holistic doctor Tony Hughes, and journalist Ciarna Sherlock. Don’t miss this inspirational and educational experience, download the audio today and listen at your leisure:

15 Nov 2014

Dr Le Fanu's online health clinic, Friday 14th November 2014

Dear Dr Le Fanu
It was interesting to read the short piece on Duraphat and Fluoride Varnish in the Telegraph on 10th November.
I am heavily involved in fighting water fluoridation here in the West Midlands where the water is fluoridated at 1ppm fluoride (per litre of water). The Department of Health is in denial about water fluoridation and refuses to accept that fluoride damages health. It's difficult to prove the damage because the statistics on poor health problems are confounded by the mobility of the population of England. Fluoridation is also a government policy and nothing is allowed to rock the boat, so reading information on how fluoride hurt two people in two different ways in a national paper is a very rare occurrence.
The fluoride varnish programme is being rolled out throughout primary schools in England and Wales and is the treatment of choice for primary school children whose parents unwisely agree for their children to have the varnish painted on their teeth once every 6 months.
The treatment has to be repeated every 6 months, presumably because the varnish wears off. We are told that the varnish is not swallowed. However, I can't really see where else it could go. If children who are included in the fluoride varnish programme are suffering from gastric distress and lower bowel pain, then it's being kept very quiet. Either that or parents are not joining the dots.
Everything to do with fluoride and fluoridation, as far as the media is concerned, is kept under the blanket. National Media is inexplicably wary about featuring the issue so I'm surprised that you were able to get your short piece published. I hope that, in future, your hands are not tied.
If you are interested in this issue and would like to get involved, please let me know.
Dear Joy,
Thanks for being in touch and drawing attention to this fluoride varnish programme in primary schools about which I was unaware. I would be intrigued to know the evidence for this policy and would share your concerns about its possible adverse effects - especially given the experience related by Sheila B below.

My husband had similar symptoms. He complained for about year or longer about abdominal pains bloody stools couldn't drink red wine or beer. He was convinced he had cancer and had many investigations including swallowing a tiny camera, nothing was found and his doctor thought he was imagining his problems and I am afraid I did also!
He washes his teeth about 4 times a day using fluoride toothpaste,rinsed with a fluoride mouthwash and we had fluoride in the water when we lived in Ireland. We live half the year on our farm in U.S. which has its own well. While we were there my husband noticed his symptoms were not as bad and decided to stop the mouthwash and to use non fluoride toothpaste. Amazingly his symptoms disappeared almost overnight and he can once more drink red wine. He only drinks German beer as that does not have fluoride .
Interestingly if you buy toothpaste in Lidl which has fluoride in it there is a notice on the tube which says if you are getting fluoride from any other source consult your doctor!!

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14 Nov 2014

Comment on Southampton fluoride decision

Following the news that Southampton City Council have withdrawn plans to fluoridate the area's water supplies, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, issued the following comment:

"It is disappointing to learn that Southampton City Council has given in to anti-fluoride protestors in the face of clear evidence from Public Health England on the benefits of fluoridation.

"Extensive reports of three and five year-olds with tooth decay - something highly prevalent in this particular region in the UK - have also been ignored. Fluoridating the water supply, an idea the abolished Southampton City Primary Care Trust supported, would have been a significant step in reversing this problem.

"Tooth decay remains the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults, even though it is largely preventable. It falls on dental professionals to continue to educate local residents about practices of good oral health. Fluoride varnish treatments in practices, schools and socially deprived areas are the best chance we have to implement preventive measures. We will continue to lobby for nation-wide fluoridation as we believe it is the biggest single action the Government can take to reduce and tackle tooth decay.".....

The fat lady hasn't sung yet by the look of it.

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